Angampa Martin is a senior Aboriginal Pitjantjatjara Artist born at a famous rockhole called Watala, south east of the present day settlement of Irrunytju, Australia.
Angampa travelled east as a teenager to the Mission in the settlement of Ernabella in South Australia, where she learned to weave and make traditional rugs with other women.
Wati Kutjara Tjikurpa – Two Water-Snake Men Dreaming (painting featured)
This is the story of father and son who travelled across the country from rock-hole to rock-hole. On their way to Pirulungka they turned into water-snakes. The father left his son at the rock-hole to grow up. The other Anangu there did not want him to stay there. They thought he looked odd with his strange big eyes. They were cruel to him and did not share food or water with him. When his father heard about how the Anangu were treating him, he was furious and took his son away. His son grew up hurt, angry and wanting revenge.
Angampa Martin paintings are highly distinctive and dramatic, distinguished by bold colours and shapes.
Angampa Martin displays elegance in her composition. A brilliant orchestration of organic forms and shapes that seem to float over background, giving dimension and life to paintings, which change with the light.